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Trends in Organized Crime

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 1–12 | Cite as

Asterix and Obelix in Drugland: an introduction to the special issue on ‘drug markets’

  • Georgios A. AntonopoulosEmail author
  • Georgios Papanicolaou
Article

Abstract

This paper provides an introduction to the articles bringing forward empirical research findings and theoretical accounts on drug markets, raising questions about the nature of the relationship between the organization of drug markets and the official frameworks surrounding them, and, importantly, about the complexity of this relationship.

Keywords

Drug markets Prohibitionism War on drugs 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Klaus von Lampe for the opportunity to prepare this special issue, the authors for the timely delivery of articles, the reviewers for their constructive criticism and suggestions on earlier drafts of the articles as well as Petrus C. van Duyne for the interesting drug-related chat. We are also indebted to the Transnational Institute (and particularly Martin Jelsma, Tom Kramer and Tom Blickman) for granting us permission to use an excerpt from their report in this special issue. Finally, we thank Winnalyn Hiponia and Mac Gatpayat for the assistance offered on technical issues.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgios A. Antonopoulos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Georgios Papanicolaou
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social Sciences & LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK

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